Six Month Smiles® is a short term orthodontic service that allows a patient to get the beautiful, straight smile they deserve without wearing traditional braces for two to three years. For many adult patients, this is the ideal solution to straighten teeth and close spaces or gaps that they have been embarrassed about for years!
Unlike traditional braces, the focus of Six Month Smiles® is not to fix the bite but is instead to straighten teeth and improve the esthetics of the front teeth. The goal is only to straighten the teeth that show when you smile. This is achieved using a combination of brackets and wires to move the teeth, similar to traditional orthodontic services. The brackets and wires are tooth colored, or white, and are barely visible.
Six Month Smiles® moves the teeth at the same rate as traditional orthodontic services. The teeth are not being moved more quickly with this method. The difference between Six Month Smiles® and traditional orthodontics is that the focus is not on the full mouth. Instead, the focus of Six Month Smiles® is solely to straighten teeth that show when you smile. When choosing this orthodontic service, it is important to understand that the goal is not to perfect the bite in your back teeth, so treatment stops once the front teeth are straight and beautifully positioned.
Since the focus is not on changing the bite, Six Month Smiles® can be finished more quickly than traditional orthodontics. Most cases will take about six months to complete. Some may take less, some may take more depending on the severity of misalignment. However, a majority of cases take an average of six months.
Six Month Smiles® are an easy choice to make when faced with traditional orthodontics if you wish to straighten teeth, and your needs are cosmetic and not functional in nature. If the teeth that show in your smile are not straight, or if you have gaps or spaces that you would like to have fixed, Six Month Smiles® may be the perfect solution for you!